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March 18, 2020
We at Woodbridge are committed to doing our part to limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus and remain dedicated to delivering quality service to our clients, partners, colleagues and employees. While these are anything but normal times, we want to assure you it’s business as usual here at Woodbridge despite the volatility in the capital markets and the future uncertainties surrounding the virus.
Our M&A team of professionals continue to prepare clients for launch, obtain bids, negotiate LOIs and ready deals for close. In the past few weeks, we have brought 12 new clients to market with dozens more in the pre-market phase. Our clients in market continue to generate interest and obtain bids because investors are seeking stable, long-term growth opportunities.
Below are our thoughts as we navigate the unknown:
The Markets – Markets go up and down, but private equity groups are still looking at deals everyday whether from their office or the comfort of their home. Deals don’t stop when the market declines. In fact, from our experience, interest in new deals picks up while closings often accelerate since strategic and financial buyers proactively seek less volatile investment vehicles. One positive trend we’ve noted is an uptick in deal sourcing by strategic and financial buyers who are awash in huge sums of capital yet to be deployed.
Our Team – We market digitally to thousands of strategic and financial buyers worldwide and perform all our work online which allows us to conduct our daily business activities without disruption. Our infrastructure has been engineered to be highly resilient and flexible to support remote operations even in the face of widespread global challenges.
Your Business – Like us, you are focusing on running your business, assessing and managing immediate and long-term risks. Your priority, like ours, is keeping customers, employees, families and friends safe while adapting to the new normal.
Is it a good time to sell your business? The answer is yes. More than ever, money doesn’t rest. Buyers are chasing new deals. Some businesses will fare better than others in the coming months and years. Others, will recover a setback and come back even stronger.
We’ve been in business for nearly 30 years, rode out the economic crisis of 9/11 and safely endured the downturn of 2008-2009 proving our model is well-equipped to weather market cycles. It’s important to remember businesses continue to change hands in any market cycle. While no one knows what the future holds, our team of M&A experts are prepared to help you make the best decisions for you and your company’s future.
We wish you well.